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The Bathroom Part 1

This is the current state of the bathroom. Status? Unfinished.

I called this post ‘Part 1’ because I am lazy; Part 2 will follow soonish with our plans to finish this beast off once and for all!

This isn’t sooo bad (at inspection).

Ah yes. Sprung a leak, has she matey?

We had no money left after closing costs and a moving truck so heavy duty poly and duct tape served as a stopgap measure.

Don’t judge. It worked.

After a couple of months, my father in law and his brother came out to lend a hand in getting the shower project going.

(Ok, I admit it: they did all the work because we are a couple of Nancy’s who had no idea what we were doing.)

The entire bath and toilet area: gutted. Aside from the use of the toilet and sink, this bathroom becomes unusable.

Our house has just one full bathroom so…this is where we showered while the bathroom was being done.

Those two (very long) months totally tested my ick and fear factors.  Ick factor? Pretty self explanatory.  Fear factor…super creepy basement right outside that door, man. You don’t even know. What could have been lurking behind those unpacked boxes, under the stair case…in the sump!

(Admission: The Ring was a pretty major contributor to my Sump Fear. One night my sister and I got drunk and I told her about how scary it was; how I couldn’t even go get laundry at night because it’s so dark, and something could come UP from there  – it’s probably like six feet deep! She made a disgusted noise, took a swig of her beer and let’s just say she was very brave and now I know the sump is only about a foot deep with beachy looking sand at the bottom (when it’s not got floodwater in it of course). Also, my sister is bad-ass.)

Showering in the basement revealed another water leak issue: we think the catch basin under the shower is cracked. Water pools in the (completely unfinished) bedroom directly beside the ‘bathroom’. So it’s coming from under the wall. Too bad so sad, Mr Basement Bathroom. You have much potential but I am not touching you until I’m finished upstairs.

In an effort to gain a few more inches, the toilet was moved deeper into the stall.  The wall separating the bath and toilet area was reframed and replumbed.  Tub installed and drywall hung.

Once the drywall was up it was painted with a Home Depot product called Red Guard, a moisture barrier.  It’s very red.

We’d chosen white subway tile with two sassy little strips of black. The corner shelves were husband’s idea and they’re pretty awesome. It took some convincing but I got the grey grout I wanted; even the father in law and his brother came around to it.

(Side note: I had not wanted the tile to meet the ceiling. It does. End of story.)

Done! Well, minus the final hardware pieces but whatever, I don’t have a picture of that.

That first shower made me cry. I’m not even kidding. It was so bright and clean and new. Best fucking shower of my life.

Still to do:

-insulate wherever possible during final renovations (we’ve found NO insulation in the walls of the bathroom so far)

-install exhaust fan (since the wall and ceiling near the toilet are currently open and accessible, we might as well take advantage of it)

-demo vanity, backsplash, floor and parts of old drywall

-finish new  drywall (must also look into a product or method to help prevent mildew; hoping the exhaust fan will also help with moisture removal during the winter when we can’t open the window because of the shrink-wrap film covering them)

-install new subfloor and floor tile, backsplash, vanity and sink, light fixture


THEN…                                                                                                                                                                                                                     AND NOW.


House Numbers Installed!

Horrible nighttime photo but I’m totally psyched: house numbers, installed!!!!!!!  Now we gotta do some staining to fix that wood…

(source: Atlas Homewares, $18.60 per)

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Our House at the Beginning

This was the house at inspection and on possession day. It’s kind of embarrassing how little we’ve done in 2.5 years…although this past year was basically a write-off.

We’re looking forward to the the progress we’ll be making in the next few months.

Strap yourselves in, and prepare for photo-overload. You are about to embark on a hell-bent, five-cent “Our House at the Beginning” tour.  I’ll save the completely unfinished basement for another time…

Google Street View of our house in the spring (about 8 months before we moved in).

Front entrance (cork flooring in foyer area).

Living room, as seen from dining room.

Fireplace, drapery, wood paneling.

Dining room and back yard, as seen from living room. Walk through to kitchen on left.

Hallway to bedrooms and bathroom, as seen from dining room/kitchen walk through.

Master bedroom.

Second bedroom.

Third bedroom/office.

Third bedroom/office and entrance to bathroom.


Kitchen and partial dining room.

Kitchen with full Youngstown steel cabs treatment including boomerang hardware, original dishwasher, window knick knack shelves, 3 lazy susans. Countertops are Formica boomerang pattern in gray and pink. Cutting board to the right of the sink is built-in.


Original Youngstown dishwasher.

Kitchen window directly above sink looking over backyard.

Doorway to basement and back exterior door.

Front foyer.

Rear steps off of dining room (original sliding glass doors). You can see a basement window to the lower right, and the kitchen window to the upper right.

Hey wow did you make it the whole way? Thanks!!


Population <100,000

I do love living here. It feels like a ski town, sometimes, with all those mountains and the bright blue sky (until summer and early fall anyways, when Vancouver’s smog settles into the curves of those mountains and turns everything all brown and hazey). If you can get past the whole cow shit smell (that really takes you by surprise with its ferocity some days), the ski town idea really helps get you through the rain that falls 180+ days of the year.

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Mid Century Rancher Slash Bungalow

We  took possession of this mid century rancher-with-basement slash bungalow in December, 2009.

You know how it is with wedding dresses?  The first one you try on is the one you go back to, even after trying on 943576128 other dresses?  This was our wedding dress.  Thank goodness we realized that before someone else got their “I’m gonna reno-and-rent this bitch up fast and nasty ” hands on it.

Our realtor reminded us that typically, new home owners rarely stay in that first home for more than 5 years before they’re off and running for their next one.  Sorry D, we’re staying put.  Our plans are a little more long term than 5 years – hell, we’ve been here almost 3 and we’ve still got a buttload of ideas in mind (and in progress….)!

We’ve got a lot to do, not much cash to do it with, and little time to do it in.  There’s going to be lulls in the progress but I’ll find something to fill it with.